Monday, February 21, 2011
Chile Spiced Mango Chocolate Cookies
If you don't know by now, I'm a huge fan of Trader Joe's. When I saw this recipe for the Chile Spiced Mango Chocolate Cookies on Facebook I had just gotten back from Trader Joe's, but I knew that I had to make them. I love mango in anything and the pairing of Mango and Chocolate is pure genius, especially with the chile spice. These cookies are so good, with the spicy chile mango and bitter sweet chocolat, just the right amount of sweet heat. They are perfect for a party or just to eat at home. You can't stop eating them There is a boutique Chocolatier Vosges, in Chicago, that pairs chocolate with various savory herbs and spices, as well as Bacon. They even have the Chocolate Bacon bars. I read that in the movie, Choclat, that there was chili in the hot chocolat. I saw the movie, but I don't remember. If you love chocolate, you have to see this movie, which was made in 2000.
I followed the recipe, Chile Spiced Mango Chocolate Chunk Cookies almost to a tee, which is rare for me. I used 1 3/4 c. Trader Joe's Dark Chocloate Bars, cut in chunks, and a 1/4 c semisweet chocolate chips. One caveat when making these cookies, is that you have to dice the dried chile spiced mango pieces, which requires a very sharp knife. As you are dicing the mango, because it is dried, the knife gets sticky, and you have to keep washing it off. That said, if you are sporting any bandages from previous kitchen accidents, Be careful!! I won't mention any names. Also because there are chunks of chocolate and diced mango, my cookies didn't turn out perfectly round, even though the batter is pretty stiff. I'm not a perfectionist, but these cookies are so good, it doesn't matter to me if they aren't perfectly round.
To make the cookies, Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. you cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Then beat in 2 eggs, one at a time. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter. Then stir in flour, salt, diced mango, and chocolate chunks. Mix until well combined. Drop by spoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet.. Bake for about 10-12 min, until edges are browned
The recipe says that you get four dozen, but I got a few more than that. Because I didn't want all of those cookies in my house, I kept a dozen for us, and took the rest to my friends at Trader Joe's to enjoy, but forgot my camera. Enjoy!
*** This is a disclaimer. I any receive remuneration or free products from Trader Joe's. I just like their store a lot.